Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1956 and 1994.
On this day in 1956 future guitarist for The Pretenders, James Honeyman-Scott is born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England.
On this day in 1963 when The Beatles play The Royal Variety Performance in London in front of an audience that includes the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, John Lennon says, “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry.”
On this day in 1965 The Beatles record “What Goes On”.
On this day in 1966 The Rolling Stones release their live platter Got Live If You Want It!
On this day in 1967 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles release “I Second That Emotion”.
On this day in 1971 Mott the Hoople’s “The Moon Upstairs” is broadcast on Sounds Of The Seventies. Hunter’s vocal expletive in the final line is replaced by a humorous cough.
Linda Ronstadt, Boston and Jerry “Iceman” Butler
On this day in 1978 Linda Ronstadt’s LP Living In The USA hits number one in the US. Also on this day Boston plays in the city of Boston for the first time, a sold-out show at the Boston Garden.
On this day in 1986 Soul legend Jerry “Iceman” Butler is elected to the Board of Commissioners in his home district of Cook County in Chicago.
U2, Elton John and Buddy Holly
On this day in 1988 the U2 documentary Rattle And Hum opens across the globe.
On this day in 1989 Elton John scores his record 50th UK chart hit with his latest single titled “Sacrifice”.
On this day in 1990 the musical tribute Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story opens on Broadway.
1991 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Fred “Sonic” Smith
On this day in 1991 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 7th class of inductees, including Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. & the MG’s, Sam & Dave, The Yardbirds, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash and Bobby “Blue” Bland.
On this day in 1994 Fred “Sonic” Smith of The Sonics and MC5 dies at the age of 45.